The Center for Educational Technologies (CET) at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) will share its educational resources with veterinarians across the country thanks to a collaboration with VetFolio, the online educational branch of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Through the collaboration, veterinarians who subscribe to VetFolio’s premium packages will have the opportunity to enhance their medical skills and earn continuing education credits through CET developed specialized online course studies in areas such as dentistry, cardiology, and hematology. Resources for veterinary technicians will also be available.
“These courses are relatively unique because while the typical online CE is a voice-over lecture—somebody talking while a slide plays in the background—what we’ve done is try to create something interactive, through which the user will make decisions, answer questions, or watch videos,” said Dr. Jordan Tayce, CET associate director and instructional assistant professor.
“Our goal is to create a better online learning environment than the typical online CE session.”
The programming has been well-received, and now the CET is looking to expand VetFolio’s offering beyond the current dentistry package that has been available since April as a pilot for the collaboration.
Ultimately, Tayce said the collaboration will be mutually beneficial for VetFolio, by adding to their catalog of online course offerings; users, who will have access to materials created based on the CET’s educational expertise; and the CET, which will be able to reach new and larger audiences.
“Generally speaking, VetFolio’s learning resources started with what they had recorded from their conferences, and they are wanting to offer more,” Tayce said. “NAVC runs VMX, which is the largest veterinary CE conference; they have thousands of individuals who subscribe to or access VetFolio, so they are able to contact veterinarians across the world that we couldn’t normally reach on our own.”
To see the CET’s online offerings through VetFolio, visit http://www.vetfolio.com/partners/tamu-on-vetfolio-landing-page.